From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.
The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. Freemasonry under the United Grand Lodge of England is one of the largest donators to charity in Britain.
Large sums are given to national and local charities. Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes, around £5 million of which is reported by local newspapers.
TLC - Teddies for Loving CareFreemasons in Devon have also donated more than 30,000 teddies as part of the TLC Teddies for Loving Care Appeal which to date has provided over a million colourful, cuddly teddies to traumatised children in Accident and Emergency departments or ambulances to take their mind off their injuries.
You will never see a Freemason with a collecting tin. All of the funds for our grants and donations to international, national, regional and local good causes are provided freely by Freemasons and their families, or are raised internally within our fraternity.
Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations:
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Masonic Samaritan Fund
Since 1981 The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated more than £50 million to national charities, with grants going towards funding medical research, helping vulnerable people and supporting youth opportunities. It sets aside £100,000 every year for small donations of between £500 and £5,000 to under-funded causes around the country, which often prove vital to their continued operation.
Please take some time to read through the newsfeeds and Tweets of our charities below and aside to find out about our recent and current grants, projects and initiatives.
At a local level, some of the charities and not for profit organisations that Miles Coverdale Lodge has sponsored or donated to directly are listed below:
Rowcroft Hospice (see our News page)
Riding For The Disabled (sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund)
Torbay Hospital League of Friends (direct donation and sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund) (see our News page)
Age UK Torbay (sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund) (Read The Herald Express news coverage here)
Torbay 'Moving Hearts' Appeal for The British Heart Foundation (sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund)
..and many others over the years.